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J Cardiothorac Surg. 2011 Jul 15;6:91. doi: 10.1186/1749-8090-6-91.

Abdominal only CPR during cardiac arrest for a patient with an LVAD during resternotomy: a case report.

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The Ohio State University Medical Center, Department of Anesthesiology, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.

Abstract

We present a case in which a patient with a previous sternotomy and left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation developed cardiac arrest during resternotomy for LVAD exchange. The surgeon refused chest compressions for fear of potential damage to the inflow cannula directly beneath the sternum. The perioperative team had no alternatives to external cardiac massage other than rapid deployment of extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation for mechanical support, so the anesthesiologist advised the nursing personnel to perform abdominal only cardiopulmonary resuscitation while the surgeon performed a femoral bypass to cannulate the groin for extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation support.

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21762506
PMCID:
PMC3152516
DOI:
10.1186/1749-8090-6-91
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